Thursday, November 19, 2015
The Economic Development Department in partnership with the River Region Tourist Commission and Reserve Telecommunications hosted a screening for the premier of AMC’s Television Series, Into the Badlands and The Walking Dead. The event was held on Sunday evening in the St. John Community Center and also included a “Working in Film” workshop for residents and business owners interested in working in the movie industry. The event featured a red carpet entrance with stadium seating for the AMC TV Series premiere presented on the “big screen” by RTC. “Reserve Telecommunications is proud to partner with St. John the Baptist Parish and the River Region Tourist Commission in events that contribute to the betterment of our region and our residents,” said Bill Ironside, President of Reserve Telecommunications. Viewers also enjoyed a Taste of St. John and a photo opportunity along the red carpet.
The “Working in Film” workshop provided listeners an opportunity to learn about the film industry in Louisiana. Panelists included Amanda Hafford, Assistant Director of Louisiana Film, Jane Boddie, Evergreen Plantation General Manager, and Jason Waggenspack and Jimmy Hornbeak with the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association. Each panelist provided insight from their point of view and their profession on working in and with the film industry. Listeners learned how to get involved in film industry and received information on film industry resources. “The screening was an exciting and unique experience for me. I not only enjoyed the activities, but I realized the impact that the film industry can have on a community. I believe we are fortunate to experience the economic, social, and educational benefits of the resources they provide,” said Stephanie Aubert, resident of St. John the Baptist Parish. “As an educator, my greatest interest is the impact it can have on our education system and on the youth of our parish. I commend our Tourist Commission and the Parish’s Economic Development Department for their hard work and creativity in presenting the event,” Aubert added.
Into the Badlands filmed its first season in the St. John Community Center and at Evergreen Plantation in Edgard. The show features a feudal society that emerged in the wake of civilization's destruction. This area is now called the Badlands and is uneasily divided among seven rival Barons. “The premiere offered a unique opportunity to celebrate St. John Parish being featured in yet another high profile production. It was a proud moment to see our community on the big screen and to share the experience with others in St. John. Into the Badlands is the 10th production to utilize the St. John Community Center for filming and the 50th to showcase locations inside our community,” said Jo Banner, River Parish Tourist Commission.
The workshop will be featured on the St. John the Baptist Parish website at sjbparish.com. Information can also be found at the following websites:
“We were excited to share a night at the theatre viewing the premier of a TV series filmed in our community center,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “When productions choose the St. John Community Center or a location in our community, it benefits our community economically and provides opportunity for our residents and businesses. I encourage those interested in becoming involved in the film industry to reach out to the agencies listed above,” she added.